Early Care and Education Centers
- One in five children in the United States
between the ages of 2 and 5 is overweight or obese.
- Efforts to prevent obesity and improve health must
target our youngest children and their families.
- Because many young children spend time in care
outside of the home, Early Childhood Education (ECE) centers are a good setting
in which to promote messages about nutrition and physical activity.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), incorporating appropriate health and nutrition messages
within the ECE environment may directly impact what children eat, how active
they are, and the development of lifelong healthy habits.
As an ECE owner, director or staff member, what can I do to
improve the nutrition and physical activity environment of my center?
With the proper tools, programs and policies, you can have a
positive impact on children’s health and help prevent childhood obesity by
focusing on these five goals areas:
- Physical Activity
- Screen Time
- Infant Feeding
For additional information on childhood obesity prevention
strategies in the ECE setting, visit Caring for Our Children, National Health and
Safety Performance Standards.
What state and/or national programs are available to support my
Keystone Kids Go! is
a Pennsylvania initiative targeted towards early childhood practitioners
from childcare, Head Start, early intervention, family literacy and
Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care is
an online continuous quality improvement intervention designed to help
child care providers improve nutrition and physical activity practices.
Let’s Move Child Care is
a national initiative dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood
obesity and helping kids create a healthy future.
Better Kid Care is an
on-demand distance education system providing professional development
online, including lessons related to the national Let’s Move! campaign.
Early Learning Keys to Quality
Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS)